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September 25, 2014
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Experts tracking Ebola among Congo's apes
Veterinarian Kenneth Cameron of the Wildlife Conservation Society is working with a team monitoring evidence of Ebola among great apes in the Republic of Congo. The work involves collecting and evaluating fecal samples for Ebola antibodies, a sign the apes have been exposed and that Ebola is or has been in the area. Dr. Cameron estimates that tens of thousands of the animals have died due to Ebola over the past few decades, and he says the data being collected can inform models to better predict future outbreaks. Voice of America (9/24)
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Veterinarians in Russia treat horrific gunshot wounds in cat
Good Samaritans brought an injured stray cat to the Panatseya veterinary hospital in Chelyabinsk, Russia, where veterinarians viewing head X-rays determined the cat had a bullet lodged in its head and broken upper and lower jaws, wounds that left the team "horrified," according to one of the clinicians. The cat is healing after surgery, and employees think Kiryusha, as the animal is now called, may have been a victim of people trying to rid the streets of strays. The Moscow Times (9/24)
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Study confirms behavioral deficits in chimpanzees raised as pets
An estimated 700 pet chimpanzees live in households across the U.S., and many of those families may seek a new home for their animals at zoos or rescues once they become difficult to handle. However, the abandoned apes are unlikely to bond readily with other chimps in their new homes. A team from Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo found chimps raised as performers or pets tend to have behavioral and social impediments that prevent them from forming and maintaining the bonds that are fundamental to chimpanzee groups. United Press International (9/24), Wired.com/Zoologic blog (9/23)
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Animal News
Making senior pets as comfortable as possible
Senior pets can face a variety of age-related discomfort and mobility challenges, but there are products that can help. Foam pet beds, carpeted stairs and slip-free ramps for accessing furniture and vehicles are all designed to help cats and dogs continue their favorite activities in comfort. Elevated food and water bowls, water aeration devices and litter boxes designed for easier access are all available, too. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (9/23)
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  • View AVMA's FAQ and brochure on caring for an older pet
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Your furry friends are counting on you to come home, too
Budweiser taps into the bond between people and their pets with a sweet ad designed to prevent drunken driving. The ad features a yellow Labrador, the same breed used in the company's Super Bowl commercials, to remind viewers someone is always counting on them to arrive home safely. Daily News (New York) (9/24)
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Around the Office
Public health insurance exchanges can save small businesses money, report finds
According to a report by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, health coverage available through the Affordable Care Act to small businesses is 7% less expensive than similar coverage offered through other outlets. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/24)
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AVMA in the News
How to keep your pets well, according to pet-health pros
Pet lovers should know that a cornerstone of owning happy, healthy pets is regular care: "Preventive exams actually save money and allow your pet to live longer," says AVMA President Dr. Ted Cohn. Other things veterinarians would like pet owners to understand are that specialty care is sometimes a must, using the Internet to diagnose a pet in the absence of an exam often leads people astray, and subtle behavioral changes -- particularly in cats -- can signal a serious health problem. NBC News/iVillage (9/24)
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Association News
New volunteer openings announced
The AVMA relies on volunteers to help make the important decisions needed to serve our members and guide and protect the veterinary profession. Volunteers are currently needed to fill a wide range of AVMA positions, working on issues ranging from animal welfare to food safety to planning our AVMA Annual Convention. Applications are due in early October for several of these positions. Visit AVMA's Volunteer Center to learn more about AVMA's volunteer opportunities.
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